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152 American & 2 International Architects Elevated to AIA College of Fellows for 2018

14:00 - 23 February, 2018
152 American & 2 International Architects Elevated to AIA College of Fellows for 2018, Claremont University Consortium Administrative Campus / LTL Architects. Image © Michael Moran
Claremont University Consortium Administrative Campus / LTL Architects. Image © Michael Moran

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the names of the 152 member-architects who have been elevated to its prestigious College of Fellows for 2018. Limited to members who have made “a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession,” approximately 3 percent of the AIA’s total membership of 90,000 are recognized as fellows.

PAU's Plans for the Domino Sugar Refinery Sent Back for Revisions Despite Popular Support

09:30 - 3 November, 2017
PAU's Plans for the Domino Sugar Refinery Sent Back for Revisions Despite Popular Support, Outdoor terraces between the new glass office building and historic “armature” would bring workers close to the original brickwork. Image © PAU via LPC
Outdoor terraces between the new glass office building and historic “armature” would bring workers close to the original brickwork. Image © PAU via LPC

This article was originally published by The Architect's Newspaper as "Landmarks sends PAU’s Domino Sugar Refinery design back for revisions."

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has asked PAU to take its plans for the Domino Sugar Refinery back to the drawing board. While reactions from the public and commissioners were warm on the whole, commissioners debated whether the building, which has sat vacant for more than a decade, is a ruin or “armature” as Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) claimed, or whether the structure could—or should—be treated like an adaptable building.

Essentially, PAU intended to use the facade as a mask for a glass office building. Instead of sitting right up against the old brick, the new building would be set back ten feet from the old, and workers could get outside and up close to the original walls via metal latticework terraces poking through the glass envelope. The approach, explained founding principal Vishaan Chakrabarti, would preserve the bricks by equalizing the temperature and humidity on both sides while allowing the architects flexibility within a challenging original structure. A round-arched glass roof would dialogue with the American Round Arch windows that define the facade, while on the ground floor, the designers proposed a through-access from the Kent Avenue smokestack to the park and water that would be open to the public.

Penn Station Palimpsest: PAU Proposes a Different Future for New York's Busiest Railway Station

10:00 - 5 October, 2016
Penn Station Palimpsest: PAU Proposes a Different Future for New York's Busiest Railway Station, Courtesy of PAU
Courtesy of PAU

Last week, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a long-awaited and much-needed proposal for a makeover of Penn Station. Designed by SOM, the proposal for the new Penn Station–Farley Complex, to be completed in 2020, offers a pragmatic solution to the years of scrapped schemes and political stalling. However, The New York Times believes that Governor Cuomo’s proposal could be pushed further. The newspaper thus commissioned Vishaan Chakrabarti of PAU to come up with an alternative proposal to challenge Governor Cuomo’s plans.

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SHoP's Vishaan Chakrabarti Launches New Practice Dedicated to Cities

14:30 - 21 October, 2015
SHoP's Vishaan Chakrabarti Launches New Practice Dedicated to Cities, Vishaan Chakrabarti discussing his book, "A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America". Image © Tina Gao, Columbia University GSAPP
Vishaan Chakrabarti discussing his book, "A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America". Image © Tina Gao, Columbia University GSAPP

Former SHoP partner, scholar, author and urbanist Vishaan Chakrabarti has announced the creation of Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), a new practice focused on the "advancement of cities through cosmopolitan architecture and strategically innovative urban planning." As founder and CEO, Chakrabarti will lead the New York City-based firm with a mission "to create an ecological network of empowered citizens, generous buildings, discursive public space, strong infrastructure and a thriving urban environment."

PAU's first client will be Sidewalk Labs, a new urban innovation company funded by Google that seeks to solve urban issues through the application of technology.

SHoP Architects' Super Tall Tower Approved, Sets Precedent for NYC

00:00 - 17 October, 2013
SHoP Architects' Super Tall Tower Approved, Sets Precedent for NYC, © SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

UPDATE: SHoP Architects' ultra-thin, 100-unit apartment tower has now won approval from the New York City Landmarks Commission. Once complete in 2016, the 1,350-foot structure will offer luxury apartments that peer down at the Empire State Building and rise just above the One World Trade Center’s roofline.

When Vishaan Chakrabarti, principal at ShoP Architects, spoke recently of building high-density cities, he meant it.

Renderings from the architecture firm show Manhattan's skyline will soon welcome its newest "super tall" building, a strikingly skinny residential tower rising 411 meters (1,350 feet) on a puny 13 meter (43 feet) wide site just two blocks south of Central Park.

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A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America

00:00 - 20 September, 2013
A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America, Vishaan Chakrabarti. Image © Tina Gao, Columbia University GSAPP
Vishaan Chakrabarti. Image © Tina Gao, Columbia University GSAPP

Last monday, Columbia University's Avery Hall was buzzing. 

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) hosted a highly attended event that welcomed respected academics and professionals from architecture and real estate to what the dean, Mark Wigley, warned might take the form a a celebrity roast. Vishaan Chakrabarti, a partner at SHoP Architects and director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia, was on deck to deliver an abridged, more "urban version" of a longer lecture on his new book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America. Proceeding the twenty minute lecture, an "A-list" panel of architects and historians - that included Kenneth Frampton, Gwendolyn Wright, Bernard Tschumi, Laurie Hawkinson and Reinhold Martin - lined up to discuss Chakrabarti's work.